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Christianity is an active religion practiced widely around the world, with more followers than any other in the modern era. It comes from the same origins as Judaism and Islam. The primary difference that separates Christianity from these other religions is the belief that Jesus Christ, the son of the god Jehovah and the human woman Mary, was crucified for mankind's sins. By contrast, followers of Judaism do not believe that Jesus is the messiah, nor has a messiah been born, whereas Islam recognizes Jesus as a prophet, rather than a messiah.
Over the course of history, followers of Christianity have fragmented into different branches of faith defined at the highest level as being either Catholic or Protestant. Catholics are followers of the Catholic church and its doctrine; the Catholic Church is headquartered at the Vatican, a city-state within Italy where the pope, or head of the Catholic Church, resides. Protestants, while following the same basic teachings of the Holy Bible, do not follow Catholic doctrine and are thus not followers of the pope.